TOP FIVE: A new weekly feature for Statehouse Report readers

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Today as we start our 15th year, we’re introducing a new feature to help you stay even more on top of important policy and legislative news that you might have missed.

fiveIt’s called “Top Five.”  It includes five big state or national stories from the previous week with policy and legislative implications.  We hope it is helpful.

  1.  Poor people in the Deep South are on their own, Washington Post.

In this fourth installment of a series on poverty in the South, the Post looks at how the “virtual elimination” of welfare has created a new kind of poverty, particularly in Southern places where there are few jobs that people can even apply for.

  1.  Mystery $1.6 billion project in Chester County could employ up to 1,400, Rock Hill Herald.

“Project 1429” would constitute a $1.6 billion investment in Chester County, the largest single investment in S.C., and could employ up to 1,400 people.  Chester County has approved a tax incentive package.

  1.  South Carolina is now nation’s 23rd largest state by population, The Post and Courier.

The Palmetto State is now the 23rd largest in the nation thanks to thousands who have moved to S.C. from other states.  The rise in population, one of the nation’s fastest rates of growth, will impact the amount of federal money that the state gets.

  1.  Renaming things that offend us shortsighted, Politico.

There’s a lot more to Woodrow Wilson than his record on race and there’s a lot more to America’s history of racial exclusion than Wilson.

  1.  Plutonium headed out — and into — South Carolina, Reuters.

Six tons of surplus plutonium currently housed at the Savannah River Site will be moved to a nuclear waste site in New Mexico in what one watchdog says could be a fatal blow to the MOX facility at the SRS. Meanwhile, the state reportedly is preparing to accept another ton of weapons-grade plutonium as the federal government also considers alternatives to an expensive processing facility being built at SRS.

  • Want more stories like these?  If you’d like to get these updates in much more depth every business day, we encourage you to subscribe to our sister publication, S.C. Clips.  Click here for a two-week test drive.

  • Have a suggestion?  If  you have a suggestion for a story to include in our weekly list, please send the story and source to:  feedback@statehousereport.com.
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